NFL fantasy football: Mark Sanchez named starter

Sanchez to start Week 14: After the upheaval that surrounded Mark Sanchez being benched in favor of Greg McElroy last week, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has decided to go back to his original starter. So Sanchez will be back under center when Gang Green visits the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. Over the final few weeks, the Jets have fantasy football’s most favorable schedule, but there’s no reason to trust Sanchez at this point. Not to mention that the Jaguars have actually been pretty tough on opposing quarterbacks at home, allowing just 15.26 points per game. Just because he’s starting for New York doesn’t mean he needs to start for you.

Bennett likely out vs. Vikings: The Chicago Bears have dealt with a slew of injuries in recent weeks and now are facing one more. Wide receiver Earl Bennett will most likely be unavailable for Sunday’s contest against the Minnesota Vikings after suffering a concussion. Bennett hasn’t been a major producer this season — his only 2012 touchdown came last week — but the silver lining is that Chicago hopes to have Alshon Jeffrey and Devin Hester return this week. However that duo has combined for 34 catches, or 57 fewer than Brandon Marshall. In all, it’s good news for Marshall owners — he should see a slew of targets — but it also means fantasy owners should avoid whoever the Bears’ second option is going to be.

Grant re-signs with Packers: With news that James Starks could be finished for the season, the Green Bay Packers have turned to a familiar face to solve their running back issues. Ryan Grant is back in the fold, ostensibly taking over for the man who took his job in 2010. Grant was released by the Redskins earlier this season and enters a crowded, but scattered, backfield along with presumptive starter Alex Green and John Kuhn. It would be a surprise to see Grant carry a heavy workload this week, considering he has just one rush for five yards and hasn’t carried a football in anger since Week 5. Plus, this week’s opponent — the Detroit Lions –are allowing fewer than 14 points per game to running backs on the road.

— Marcas Grant
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